Fashion House by Megan Hess

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If you're a regular reader of College Fashion, you clearly have an interest in style and fashion. Using fashion to express creativity and show your personality through your clothing can be very satisfying. And there are other ways to show your creativity this way, including interior decorating. For today's inspiration, I've found a book that combines the two.

Fashion House, one of illustrator Megan Hess's many books on fashion and interior design, is a wonderful choice for either a coffee table or for your pile of inspirational books on your desk. I love just flipping through it when I need inspiration either for decorating my apartment, or mixing up my style. 

Hess created a book that is colorful, creative, and elegant, with every page filled with inspiration and gorgeous design for a wonderful journey into home decor.

It's not an instruction manual on buying furnishings or designed to offer tips on decorating for the everywoman, but it is a fun little collection of sumptuous designs and drawings for fashion/decorating lovers. Below are a few outfits inspired by Fashion House:

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Style Icons

style icons

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Some of the illustrations in Fashion House are based on famous fashion icons, including legends like Grace Kelly and Coco Chanel. One of these icons is Audrey Hepburn, who also graces the front cover of the book.

For a look inspired by your favorite style icon, whether it's a designer or a celebrity or what have you, start with a basic t-shirt. I picked one with the lovely Audrey Hepburn. Then add elements based on your style icon. For Hepburn I chose vintage-inspired shoes and an a-line skirt. For a modern twist, I added some statement earrings and a hat for some structure.

Back to Classics

Sleek and Slick

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The minimalist look has been in style for more than just a few years. You can see it back in Coco Chanel's iconic designs and in the '90s minimalist revolution. Neutral colors and sharp, structured designs will NEVER go out of style in fashion or in home decor.

Start off with a blazer, preferably in a neutral color so you can pop it on any outfit. A little black dress is iconic and timeless, so you can pair it with a more modern crossbody bag and comfortable and classic loafers for a sleek and stylish look to last for ages.

Pops of Color

Pops of Color

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The phrase "pop of color" is a common one when talking about fashion. A bright pair of shoes or a colorful skirt can transform a look. The same goes for decorating your abode: a statement wall or a colorful couch can make a room.

For a look that is as colorful and classy as the drawings in Hess's book, combine a daisy print blue dress with statement jewelry, like a multi-colored necklace and a druzy bangle. Pink lip gloss brings color to your face and these cute shoes elevate your look to 100.

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5 STEPS TO ACHIEVING FASHION WEEK INFLUENCER PERFECTION AND GRACE

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Influencers outside DKNY's spring 2016 NYFW show. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images
Influencers outside DKNY's spring 2016 NYFW show. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

As summer drew to a close, and the rest of the Americans in America celebrated Labor Day with barbecues, swimming pools and the skirting of responsibilities, the style-concerned were getting their battle plans for fashion week in order. With every passing year, the circus gets wilder, the streets get more crowded and the groans of everybody involved turn into a well-dressed — if not slightly annoying — cacophony.

But you need not be one of the eye-rolling crowd. Instead of rolling your eyes, people should be rolling their eyes at you. That's how you tackle fashion week, people. This is your moment; this is your chance to broadcast your opinions on Twitter, mop up thousands of Instagram followers and Snapchat your way into the future. Allow me to be your guide on this journey. Consider this your Barry's Bootcamp for fashion week, your SoulCycle of style, your ClassPass of catwalks.

STEP 1: BECOME A LEECH

By now, becoming a major force in the industry and/or on the Internet is beyond your reach. The power vacuum bag created by social media is all but full and it's nearly impossible to get yourself in there. It is possible, however, to attach yourself to a power player and become his or her best friend for a week. To accomplish this, just go up to them and talk as if you were really good pals last fashion week. For all they know, you were. Nobody remembers. Having an ally that will allow you to squeeze in the fourth row as opposed to the fifth makes all the difference. Make sure they have more followers than you so you can capitalize on all of the mentions. When you exceed them, simply set them on fire.

STEP 2: RUN LIKE THE WIND

The mark of somebody who truly belongs at fashion week is the post-designer-bow sprint. The Usain Bolt of this sport is none other than Anna Wintour, she who presides over all things. Watching her step part a crowd is like witnessing Moses's miracle at the Dead Sea. Follow her lead and as soon as those lights dim for good, run.

STEP 3: CHOOSE YOUR TRIBE

If you've looked at fashion Internet at all in the past, let's say, 12 months, you've likely seen some kind of musing on "style tribes." These are cool little factions of humans who dress in a similar way. You have to choose one. If you don't, you pretty much die. It's like the Divergent factions — without a cause to serve you become empty, nothing, a reject. Whether you go with the athleisure crowd, the "like a French girl" devotees, or the wild and unpredictable blogger bunch, you must remain loyal. For the rest of your life. When you run into an opposing tribe, you have no choice but to destroy them.

STEP 4: BUNDLE UP!

It's early September, and the temperatures are at a chilly 80 degrees, which explains why you'll see pretty much every showgoer with a leather jacket artfully draped over her shoulders. They'll casually whisper "are you guys cold?" to each other while their bodies boil from within. But, as Candy Pratts Price once proclaimed, September is the January of fashion, so you'd better dress like it. If you really want to look like a pro, go with a Canada Goose down puffer. Legendary.

STEP 5: BE LIGHT AS A FEATHER

I bet you think this is going to be about weight, but you couldn't be more wrong. In order to successfully accomplish a fashion week, you need the aid of witchcraft. Within the style tribe you have chosen, find three pals to fill out a full coven. Together you will all be able to make it through. To practice your skills I recommend calling the watchtowers of all the hemispheres, honing your glimmers and chanting "light as a feather, stiff as a board" as you slowly levitate. And always remember, we are the weirdos, mister.

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Pull & Bear Fall/Winter 2016-17 Collection Is Made of Stardust

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Filled with vintage vibes and urban chic allures, the newest Pull & Bear fall/winter 2016-17 collection (available at PullandBear.com) has it all, and it is made of stardust! Captured by Fanny Latour-Lambert and poetically entitled ‘Stardust’, this brand new Pull & Bear FW 2016-17 campaign catapults us in a sort of parallel world, wherein the Eighties and the Nineties harmoniously blend in together to create a new kind of fashion with motifs and references that create a new way of conceiving street style.

Pull & Bear Fall/ Winter 2016-17 Collection

Sported by models Allie Barrett, Georgina Lloyd Yorke, Sigrid Vieira, Billy Vandendooren, Benno Bulang and Elliot Vulliod, each one of the proposals the campaign features greatly draws inspiration from all of the fall/winter 2016-2017 fashion trends, the versatility and eclecticism of which will surely help satisfy any taste.

As soon as we browse through the campaign, the Spanish label’s willingness to charm us and conquer our hearts with an incredible amount of different designs and styles appears to be clear, as its pieces include everything from Gucci-inspired geek ensembles to more athleisure-infused kind of essentials.

Alternating motivational quotes such as ‘inspiration is everywhere’ and ‘personality is the brightest star’, Pull & Bear’s fall 2016 campaign quickly introduces us to staples that are meant to be easily mix-and-matched with one another, making us more prone to playing with fashion and clothes rather than just looking for something to wear during the winter’s coldest days.

Pull & Bear Fall/ Winter 2016-17 Collection

To enhance such a statement, Pull & Bear mainly focused on jackets, as we all know they indeed are the icing on the top when it comes to an autumnal outfit. Pull & Bear’s Stardust stimulates our creativity with a plethora of sequined varsity jackets, embroidered military bombers, as well as urban-chic hooded sweatshirts, asking us to dare with fashion and to never be afraid to show off an unconventional outfit.

To help us dare with fashion even more, the brand opted for a dream array of suede, velvet and overall nude-colored pieces to play with, the cropped, relaxed and oversized lines of which will particularly appeal to those who are looking for a lightened up version of Kanye West’s signature street style pieces.

Pull & Bear Fall/ Winter 2016-17 Collection

Although sequined embroideries and athleisure-inspire motifs are at the core of this Pull & Bear FW 2016-17 collection, the line-up’s style manages to trace us back to the Nineties as well, treating us to cozy jumpsuits, denim aplenty, and, of course, lace-up bodycons, the sensual lines of which will surely make those who happened to be pre-teens during the Nineties rejoice.

Needless to say, the collection is incredibly strong on the accessory line too. Chokers, belts,brooches and patches complete each one of the outfits with their urban-chic street style allure, while chunky ankle boots will give us something fancy to walk in from October up until February of the next year.

Pull & Bear Fall/ Winter 2016-17 Collection

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LAYER UP: 10 COMFY PULLOVER SWEATERS FOR FALL

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Free People La Brea V-Neck Pullover Sweater
Free People La Brea V-Neck Pullover Sweater

As the temperatures cool down it is time to layer up and getting a pullover sweater is one way to keep warm. From classic cable knits to blocked stripes and v-necks, there are so many options. Whether you are looking for angelic whites or moody maroons, there is no stopping these pieces. Pair with your favorite jeans and boots for the perfect autumn outfit.


BDG Cable High-Low Crew Neck Sweater in Maroon
BDG Cable High-Low Crew Neck Sweater in Maroon
Free People Livvy Army Green Pullover Sweater
Free People Livvy Army Green Pullover Sweater
BDG Drop Shoulder Pullover Sweater in Grey
BDG Drop Shoulder Pullover Sweater in Grey
Free People Cotton Candy Vee Pullover Sweater in Ocean
Free People Cotton Candy Vee Pullover Sweater in Ocean
BDG Waffle Knit Turtleneck Sweater in Mustard Yellow
BDG Waffle Knit Turtleneck Sweater in Mustard Yellow
Loopy Mango Her Turrteneck Sweater in Green
Loopy Mango Her Turrteneck Sweater in Green
Free People Ashby Pullover Sweater in White
Free People Ashby Pullover Sweater in White
Ecote Mixed Knit Colorblock Pullover Sweater
Ecote Mixed Knit Colorblock Pullover Sweater
Ecote Sadie Vegan Suede Panel Pullover Sweater
Ecote Sadie Vegan Suede Panel Pullover Sweater

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THE SURPRISING SIMILARITIES BETWEEN FASHION WEEK AND BURNING MAN

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Burning Man 2015. Photo: Whitney Bauck
This time last year, I covered two of the most memorable events of my life as  With the interval between the two so short that I still had Nevada desert dust coating my shoes when I showed up in Midtown to shoot  it was hard not to compare the two. So I did—and my mental Venn diagramming yielded more similarities between the free-spirited arts festival in the wilderness and the corporation-backed urban fashion extravaganza than I expected.

SELF-EXPRESSION

Burning Man 2015. Photo: Whitney Bauck
For starters, the two events both celebrate unique forms of self-expression by way of clothing. Fashion people might channel a street style star or high-profile fashion editor, while the average Burner's mood board is more likely to include "Mad Max;" but either way, the final result is usually outlandish and often delightful. Of course, extraordinary outfits look best against backdrops that similarly transcend the quotidian, and in this respect BM and NYFW both deliver. Whether in the form of a fire-spouting snake sculpture or an installation of 15,000 flowers, spectacle abounds on the playa and runway alike.

ENGAGEMENT

Street Style from NYFW spring 2016. Photo: Imaxtree
This ability to integrate artistry and life is perhaps the greatest strength of both events. An art museum may be beautiful, but it's usually a look-don't-touch environment where an artist delivers their vision without any room for dialogue with the viewer. NYFW and BM, on the other hand, both offer chances to go beyond merely looking. Whether it's an interactive sculpture guests are invited to climb on the playa or a designer coat that can be remixed with Goodwill finds later in the season, both events offer ways for attendees to more fully immerse themselves in the creative work they admire. Besides resulting in a more engaging experience for viewers, this creates a kind of ongoing conversation between creator and viewer rarely possible in a gallery setting. In short, creativity begets creativity

ACCESSIBILITY

Street Style from NYFW spring 2016. Photo: Imaxtree
Of course, the overlap between the two isn't all rosy. The events share some problems, too. Both have been criticized for inadequate racial diversity, Accessibility is an issue, too. BM's $390 tickets, plus the extensive costs associated with being completely self-sufficient in the desert for a week, are prohibitive to many—and the harsh physical conditions make it particularly difficult for any but the robustly healthy. And while the rise of digital influencers has democratized many aspects of fashion week, the majority of brands (except for a select few who have opened shows to the public) are still invite-only.

WHAT FASHION WEEK COULD LEARN FROM BURNING MAN

Street Style from NYFW spring 2016. Photo: Imaxtree
But perhaps the most interesting part of the BM/NYFW Venn diagram are the parts that look like they should overlap, but don't. Take for example the crazy outfits again: both Burners and NYFW-goers love to dress up, mix DIY and designer duds and laud originality when they see it in others. But the attitude guiding NYC peacocks often functions differently than that of their Black Rock City counterparts.

When I photographed people outside the shows at NYFW, they often posed and then passed along their name and Instagram handle to make sure they got credited. Since a good street style reputation can be a boon to the careers of those who work in the industry, it's hard to blame them. But this contrasted sharply with my experience at BM, where subjects were more likely to be photographed candidly, use "playa names" that kept them anonymous, and rarely even carried their phones. The result is that the elaborate costuming at BM felt like it was more about participating in the creative milieu than about creating a lasting digital impression or trying to move up an industry hierarchy.

Burning Man and New York Fashion Week are always going to be apples and oranges on some level, and that has to temper any comparison of the two. Some of the biggest differences that affect the underlying spirit of the two weeks—like the relentless product-pushing and branding that can feel so aggressive at NYFW, versus the de-commodification efforts and gifting culture at BM—will remain, considering that one exists to sell stuff and the other exists to build art and community.But even so, I'm going to be looking for ways to bring a little more Burning Man to my own experience of fashion week this year. I may not be coming straight from the playa this time around, but I want to remember what I learned in the desert about why we dress up and whose fashion choices we celebrate. After all, what could be better than bringing together the best of two pretty fantastic worlds?

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This Disney Harry Potter Mashup Costume Idea Is So Cute and Easy!

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This is a match made in fandom heaven. What better way to show your love of Disney princesses AND your love of Harry Potter than with a Halloween costume that combines them both? Inspired by the creative artists behind this Disney princess Harry Potter art, we've put together an easy and cute group costume idea that's perfect for you and your best friends: Disney princesses as Hogwarts students.

To start, you'll need a baseline Hogwarts uniform that consists of the following elements:

  • White collared shirt
  • Gray or black sweater
  • Gray or black skirt
  • Gray or black knee socks
  • Wand
  • Striped tie and/or scarf in house colors

Then, you'll need to choose your Hogwarts house for your colors:

  • Gryffindor: red and yellow
  • Ravenclaw: blue and bronze (or gray)
  • Hufflepuff: yellow and black
  • Slytherin: green and silver

And finally, you'll need the props, hair, and makeup that represent the Disney princess, most of which should be items you either already have or can buy at the dollar store. For ideas on how to put the full outfits together, read on!

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